“The Orchestre National de Lyon, France, announced on Tuesday that its current music director, Slatkin, 71, will leave that position at the end of the 2016-17 season,” writes Sarah Bryan Miller in Tuesday’s (4/5) St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri). “Slatkin, who has held the job since 2011, will take on a new title, Directeur Musical Honoraire. Officials at the orchestra credit Slatkin and his innovative programming with raising attendance by close to 40 percent. As is the case with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra [where Slatkin is conductor laureate], the new title will allow him to remain connected to the orchestra while giving up the day-to-day duties of a music director.” The Detroit Symphony, where Slatkin has been music director since 2008, announced in December that Slatkin will step down from that position in 2017-18, assuming the title of music director laureate.

Posted April 6, 2016